Government forces mainly composed of peshmerga fighters enter northern town where thousands of civilians were trapped.
Evacuated embassy compound in the capital raided as fighting rages among rival militias in the North African country.
US official describes as "counterproductive" Israeli announcement to appropriate land, said to be largest in 30 years.
Houthi tribal leader urges supporters to escalate ongoing protests, defying appeals by the UN to end hostilities.
The Al-Nusra Front frees four soldiers and a police officer kidnapped in Lebanon nearly a month ago.
In the opening weeks of August, Saudi Arabia carried out more than one execution per day, human rights groups say.
Tribes in Anbar province say they want military and political support from Baghdad to push back the Islamic State group.
Two groups of Filipino peacekeepers escape positions in occupied Golan Heights threatened by rebels from Syria.
Maryam al-Khawaja, who campaigns against abuse in Gulf state, charged with insulting king and assault on arrival.
Doctors say damage to territory's infrastructure has left it vulnerable to outbreaks of deadly illnesses.
Shia Turkmen in Amerli, besieged by the Islamic State group, vow to kill their families before seeing their subjugation.
Thirty-two Filipino peacekeepers seized by unidentified fighters in Israeli-occupied Golan Heights rescued, UN says.
Iranian president slams new sanctions, saying they will hamper ongoing negotiations about country's nuclear programme.
Meeting held to resolve issues preventing six nations from influencing Middle East events ends inconclusively.
Level of need still high even as aid supplies are beginning to makes their way to battered enclave.
In Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, just about anyone can open a pharmacy, providing easy access for drug abusers.
Car explosion at Yusufiyah checkpoint kills at least 11 and leaves 25 others wounded, Iraq's interior ministry says.
Grand Mufti commutes death sentence handed to Brotherhood's leader but six others have death sentence upheld.
As the dust settles in Gaza, local rappers have recorded a music video to highlight Palestinians' resilience.